Presidential Sabbatical and Promotions of Sharon Basso and Dianna Graves ’98

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Dear CMC Faculty, Staff, and Students:

As we celebrate President Chodosh’s ten outstanding years leading CMC, I am pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has approved a six-month sabbatical for him, beginning July 1. To give Hiram and Priya some well-deserved time away, the Board has made several decisions to support them and facilitate their return on January 1, 2024.

First, in recognition of her steadfast leadership, dedication, and collaborative leadership style, the Board has approved the appointment of Vice President of Student Affairs, Sharon Basso, to the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer effective today, June 1. As CMC continues to evolve, Sharon is exactly what CMC needs in this key operational leadership role.

Second, as the Board’s designee, Sharon will serve as Acting President during President Chodosh’s sabbatical. With respect to academic matters, Heather Antecol, the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, will serve during his sabbatical term as the President’s designee as Chair of the Faculty and as Chief Education and Academic Officer. Together with Heather, Sharon will work closely with the President’s Executive Cabinet, the Board, and all members of the community to help execute the College’s priorities, projects, and initiatives.

Third, also effective today, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, Dianna “DT” Graves ’98, will be promoted to Vice President of Student Affairs in recognition of her demonstrated leadership, consummate professionalism, and utmost devotion to, and advocacy for, CMC students for more than two decades.

The Board could not be more pleased to support President Chodosh’s sabbatical and recognize his visionary leadership and tireless dedication to CMC’s singular mission to educate its students for thoughtful and productive lives and responsible leadership in business, government, and the professions.

With his stellar guidance, CMC dramatically expanded student opportunities through the Soll Center for Student Opportunity, increased Pell Grant student enrollment by over 70%, and nearly doubled its first generation enrollment. To prepare this generation for their future world of affairs, CMC founded The Open Academy to support freedom of expression, viewpoint diversity, and constructive dialogue, and The Presidential Initiative on Anti-Racism and the Black Experience in America. CMC is also revolutionizing undergraduate science education with the Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences to be housed in the Robert Day Sciences Center. The College has doubled the size of its campus, more than doubled its endowment, successfully executed its Campaign for Responsible Leadership, and developed a vision for The Roberts Campus.

Please join me in congratulating President Chodosh on a distinguished decade at the College and Sharon and DT for their well-deserved promotions. We wish Hiram a rejuvenating and productive sabbatical and look forward to his return in January.

Crescit cvm Commercio Civitas

My best,

David G. Mgrublian ’82 P’11
Chair, CMC Board of Trustees